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coconut milk rice recipe, coconut milk pulao recipe

mild, fragrant rice dish made with coconut milk and mixed veggies.

4.86 from 7 votes
total time:
40minutes

coconut milk rice recipe with video and step by step photos – fragrant, tasty and mild pulao made with mixed veggies and coconut milk.

coconut milk pulao, coconut milk rice

i often make pulaos and rice based dishes since they are quick and easy to prepare. the difference between this pulao and other pulaos i have posted, is the addition of coconut milk. coconut milk is the highlight in this recipe. another delicious pulao variety which is made with coconut milk is this brinji rice recipe from tamil nadu cuisine.

the coconut aroma and flavor along with the fragrant spices does make this pulao different from the regular pulaos. so when you want to add some richness and flavor to your food, add coconut milk.

i did add some veggies to the pulao, but feel free to omit the veggies. or you can add veggies of your choice.

serve the coconut milk rice with some side veggie salad or raita or even a side biryani shorba gravy. this coconut rice also pairs well with dal fry or dal takda.

if you are looking for more pulao recipes then do check:

coconut milk rice recipe

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins
mild, fragrant rice dish made with coconut milk and mixed veggies.
coconut milk rice recipe, coconut milk pulao recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:south indian
Servings:2 to 3
Calories:713kcal
Author:dassana

INGREDIENTS FOR coconut milk rice recipe (1 CUP = 250 ML)

  • 1 cup basmati rice or 200 grams basmati rice
  • 1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced or 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • ½ inch ginger + 2 to 3 garlic + 1 green chili - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ½ cup green peas (matar) + 1/3 cup chopped french beans OR 3/4 cup of any mixed chopped veggies - fresh or frozen
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves or 1 medium sized tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 3 to 4 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 single strand of mace (javitri)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ¾ cup thick coconut milk or about 200 ml thick coconut milk
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • few chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE coconut milk rice recipe

preparation for coconut milk rice

  • rinse basmati rice very well in water till the water runs clear of the starch. soak the rice in enough water for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.
  • when the rice is soaking, prep up the veggies by chopping them. slice the onions thinly. also crush 1/2 inch ginger + 2 to 3 garlic + 1 green chili in a mortar-pestle.

making coconut milk rice

  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker and add the whole spices - 3 to 4 cloves, 3 to 4 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 single strand of mace and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. saute the spices till they splutter and become fragrant.
  • now add 1 cup thinly sliced onions and 5 to 6 curry leaves. if you do not have curry leaves, then add 1 medium sized tej patta/indian bay leaf when you saute the whole spices. stir very well.
  • saute till the onions turn translucent or a light golden.
  • then add the crushed ginger+garlic+green chilies paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.
  • now add 10 to 12 cashews, which have been chopped. cashews are optional and you can skip them. stir again.
  • now add the mixed veggies. you can add 3/4 cup of any mixed veggies. i added 1/2 cup green peas and 1/3 cup chopped french beans.
  • stir and saute the veggies for a minute.
  • then add the rice grains.
  • gently mix and stir the rice grains with the rest of the ingredients.

cooking coconut milk rice

  • now pour 3/4 cup thick coconut milk. you can also add 1 cup thick coconut milk.
  • add 1 to 1.25 cups water. stir well. if using 1 cup coconut milk, then add 0.75 to 1 cup water.
  • then season with salt. taste the stock and it should feel slightly salty.
  • cover and pressure cook coconut milk rice for 1 to 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. i pressure cooked for 2 whistles.
  • when the pressure settles down naturally, open the lid and gently fluff the rice.
  • garnish with some chopped coriander or mint leaves. serve coconut milk rice with a side dish of raita, biryani shorba gravy or some pickle and salad.

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how to make coconut milk rice

1. rinse basmati rice very well in water till the water runs clear of the starch. soak the rice in enough water for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside.

making coconut milk rice recipe

2. when the rice is soaking, prep up the veggies by chopping them. slice the onion. also crush ½ inch ginger + 2 to 3 garlic cloves + 1 green chili in a mortar-pestle.

making coconut milk rice recipe

3. heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker and add the whole spices – 3 to 4 cloves, 3 to 4 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 single strand of mace and ½ tsp cumin seeds. saute the spices till they splutter and become fragrant.

making coconut milk rice recipe

4. now add 1 cup thinly sliced onions and 5 to 6 curry leaves. if you do not have curry leaves, then add 1 medium sized tej patta/indian bay leaf when you saute the whole spices in step 3 above.

making coconut milk rice recipe

5. stir very well.

making coconut milk rice recipe

6. saute till the onions turn translucent or a light golden.

making coconut milk rice recipe

7. then add the crushed ginger+garlic+green chilies paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.

making coconut milk rice recipe

8. now add 10 to 12 cashews, which have been chopped. cashews are optional and you can skip them.

making coconut milk rice recipe

9. stir again.

making coconut milk rice recipe

10. now add the mixed veggies. you can add ¾ cup of any mixed veggies. i added ½ cup green peas and ⅓ cup chopped french beans.

veggies for coconut milk rice recipe

11. stir and saute the veggies for a minute.

making coconut milk rice recipe

12. then add the rice grains.

preparing coconut milk rice recipe

13. gently mix and stir the rice grains with the rest of the ingredients.

making coconut milk rice recipe

14. now pour ¾ cup thick coconut milk. you can also add 1 cup thick coconut milk.

coconut milk for coconut milk rice recipe

15. add 1 to 1.25 cups water. if using 1 cup coconut milk, then add 0.75 to 1 cup water.

making coconut milk rice recipe

cooking coconut milk rice

16. stir well. then season with salt. taste the stock and it should feel slightly salty. cover and pressure cook coconut milk pulao for 1 to 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. i pressure cooked the pulao for 2 whistles.

making coconut milk rice recipe

17. when the pressure settles down naturally, open the lid and gently fluff the coconut milk rice.

coconut milk rice recipe, coconut milk pulao recipe

18. garnish with some chopped coriander or mint leaves. serve coconut milk rice with a side dish of raita, biryani shorba gravy or some pickle and salad.

coconut milk rice recipe, coconut milk pulao recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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24 comments/reviews

  1. This recipe works really well in a normal pot. It is so rich in taste and wonderfully creamy from the coconut milk. I cooked it late night and can’t stop eating it 🙂 Definitely a 5-star recipe!!!

    • thanks thomas. glad the coconut milk rice recipe worked in a pot. thanks for sharing.

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